Had a couple of samplers tonight at Volo.
Barley Days Summer Light Ale was superb, it had a clean, mineral-clove- like taste, a lovely beer that struck me as being in the kolsch style. Don't miss it.
Wellington County's Imperial Stout was fresh and tasty, almost room temperature too (fine by me), but I don't get an Impy taste from it. It is more like a strongish English medium stout.
Durham's Hop Addict was rich, clean and full of West Coast hop, like an 1980's California pale ale bought up to a higher amperage.
Nickelbrook's (unflavoured) while ale was an exemplary beer in the Belgian white tradition. Beautifully rounded with a faint taste of appley ester even though no apples were used. A session beer par excellence. The other day I had a Hoegaarden and Nickelbrook's effort easily outpaced it in my opinion.
Only Neustadt's porter seemed behind the pack to me, a little feisty and, well, untogether (although in good condition as were all the beers).
(I had the Barley Days twice).
These are very fine beers that 10 years ago (even 5) were not available or not in the faultless condition I found tonight. Ontario makes the best anywhere now you can get.